Leslie R. Katz is a member of CKR’s Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency practice group of over 50
attorneys world-wide, who provide U.S. and foreign clients including startups, cryptofunds, investors,
advisors and more with sophisticated and knowledgeable legal advice in underlying legal specialties such
as securities, real estate, intellectual property, banking, tax, finance, corporate, investment funds,
employment and litigation. Leslie focuses on government law and policy, including blockchain, energy,
emerging technologies, infrastructure, development and public-private partnerships. She helps optimize
the political, legal, community and business contexts in which her clients operate. Her ability to provide
strategic counsel, for startups to Fortune 500 companies and public entities, comes from her diverse
experiences in the public and private sectors.
She is a former member of the Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco, serving as
chair and/or vice chair of numerous committees. As a board member, Leslie drafted and helped pass
significant legislation related to technology, the environment, economic development, labor and human
rights, including the Equal Benefits Ordinance. She was also elected to the San Francisco Community
College Board of Trustees and has served on the Port Commission of San Francisco.
Leslie also served as the regional vice president of regulatory affairs for a Fortune 250 energy-services
company and held executive roles with technology companies. She regularly speaks on blockchain,
regulatory matters, public policy topics and on infrastructure, economic development, community
relations, leadership development and technology-related issues.